However, I do have a system that basically divides the inside of the bin into four sections. In the front center of the bin, I have a small white basket that holds small embellishments - chipboard pieces, eyelets, die cuts, washi tape, etc.
Directly behind the basket I store rolls of ribbon.
On the right side of each bin, I have several ziploc bags containing pieces of ribbon, lace and fiber. There may also be a ball of yarn along this side with spools of thread and bottles of paint, mist, and glitter glue standing in between.
The left side of each bin holds an 81/2x11 page protector that houses larger pieces - chipboard, die cuts, journal boxes, photo frames, etc.
In front of the page protector on the left side I have unopened or partially used packages of embellishments such as stickers, rubons, and chipboard.
And then in front of those packages, I have 12" border pieces. Obviously this method of organization is not an exact art, but it does help me know right where to look if I want a particular type of embellishment.
I love the ways these bins allow me to see the variety of items I have in one color because I tend to scrap based on color. I pick two or three colors for my layout based on colors in the photo, then pull down those color bins & thumb through them looking for embellishments.
I do not keep my flowers, brads or buttons in these bins - I have those items stored in drawers on top of the shelf unit that holds the bins. I prefer having my flowers loose in a drawer so that I can rifle through them and come up with various color combinations; then it's simple to pull out the drawer of brads or buttons and find one that will work with that flower.
The other items that I do not store in my bins are theme items (for example, holidays, seasons, celebrations) - these are mostly flat items, so I have them stored in divided page protectors in 3-ring binders that I can easily flip through to find something to work on a layout.
This system of organization has definitely improved my creativity, allowing me to find "hidden" embellishments that match a layout.
How do you sort and store your embellishments? Is it working for you? Or is time to try something new?